In the upcoming 2015 issue of AR RIFLEMAN, author Wayne van Zwoll test-fires Wilson Combat’s newest AR-platform rifle, the BILLet-AR Lightweight .308, which brings the power to tackle deer and larger game.
Van Zwoll writes, “The upper and lower receivers on this rifle are machined from a billet of 7075-T6 aluminum, and they look it. Wilson Combat firearms have the look of perfectly cut diamonds. The flats are ripple-free, edges crisp, the seams airtight and uniform. The metal finish on this rifle is Wilson’s Armor-Tuff in satin black. Other color options are available, too.
This .308’s 1-in-10-inch-twist barrel is short: just 14.75 inches. The pinned and welded flash suppressor brings it to a non-NFA length of 16 inches. Wilson is now button rifling its own barrels; they’re scheduled for production runs of the .308. The forend tube has an integral top rail that abuts the receiver rail for a full-length platform. The tube is drilled and grooved at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock so you can attach more rails for more accouterments. But until you do, this forend is comfortable to hold and no heavier or bulkier than it needs to be. Wilson lists a bevy of attachments for its rails. Most of these are made in-house, like the folding front sight and adjustable, flip-up rear aperture. There’s a wide aperture for fast shooting in poor light. Rock the sight 90 degrees, and you have a square notch over a small ‘peep.’
“The test rifle came with a clever one-piece alloy mount/ring assembly (an option). It bears for 2.5 inches on the rail but has just one star-shaped tightening nut that spins snug with your fingers. It’s easy to use but not obtrusive.”
To learn more for your AR needs, check out the 2015 issue of AR RIFLEMAN, available on newsstands and digitally Oct. 28, 2015. To purchase a copy, go to Tactical-Life.com/subscribe/ar-rifleman-buyers-guide.